Supporting the Arts

So — there are lots of ways we can support the arts.

We can buy actual art from the artists.

We can give money to schools that teach up-and-coming artists.

We can, by word of mouth, share info on all of our favorite artists and their fabulousness. (Yes, I made that word up. So sue me.)

So here are my “word of mouth” shares for the day…

You can also connect with her on @shiftingart FB page.

And if you like her work on youtube or the other pages… give her some thumbs-up… shares… and comments.



p.s. Have you ever noticed that the hashtag #supportthearts kind of looks like “Support Hearts”? When we support the arts… we are also supporting the “hearts” of those artists. That’s pretty cool to me!



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How Big are Your Dreams?

When we dream “big”, we allow ourselves to hope big, too! We allow ourselves to hope for and dream about things that are bigger than seem possible… and bigger than we can do on our own.

But sometimes, we only allow ourselves to focus on what is visible and “realistic” because we are afraid of being disappointed. What if our dream is “too big”? Proverbs 13 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” We don’t like to put ourselves out there. We don’t like to get excited about something – then have a let down. We don’t want to be heartsick when our hopes and dreams aren’t coming to fruition. BUT…

The next part of that Proverb says, “… but desire fulfilled is a tree of life!” Don’t you just love that? If God has put a dream or vision in your life, don’t be afraid! Nothing is too big for God. Matter of fact, all things are possible THROUGH Him! So don’t put a limit on what God can do for you… and what He can do through you!

There is FREEDOM in the asking. FREEDOM in the receiving! FREEDOM in believing for things not yet seen. So DREAM BIG!

Hebrews 11:1-4 (The Message)
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice.


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A mid-life poem

by Donna Earnhardt

I can’t grow cukes or carrots,
No ‘maters, beans or peas.
But leg hair? Got it covered. It grows with endless ease.

I can’t grow golden corn stalks.
And taters? No, not one.
But chin hair growing season? It’s never, ever done.

Toe hair? Yeah. It’s rampant.
My feet are hobbit-esque.
Still…my toes are toasty,
Even if they are grotesque.

I have the hairy version
of the Midas touch. It’s true.
Which means I make a kick-butt pot
of chicken mullet stew!

I digress– I’m sorry.
I must get back to work.

My crop of locks needs shearing…

Before I go berserk!!


I originally posted this to my Facebook page. I felt like I should share it here as well. I wrote it late Saturday night (4/25/15).


This is what I believe — even when I can’t see it…

I am a firm believer that God is in control. Yet I also believe that He gives man free will. It is a dichotomy, for sure. I still believe both statements are true.

There are times that I make a choice that I think is the right one — yet it turns out not to be the best. There are times that I make the absolute right choice — yet others don’t — and their choice affects the outcome of my choice. And…

there are times I make the wrong choice… and it’s not pretty. Ever been there? You’re reading this, and you’re human. So I’m guessing the answer is a big ol’ YES.

We mess up. All of us. But grace… God’s grace! It is a powerful thing. A good and inexplicable thing. And mercy? Something I can’t grasp, but am so thankful for.

A dear friend reminded me of this faith-truth today:

God is for me.
He is not against me.

I have experienced His grace. I have experienced His mercy. I have experienced His forgiveness… and continue to do so every day.

There is a verse that sustains me, no matter the circumstance, that sums up free-will and God’s sovereignty for me…

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Romans 8:28)


He is working “it” out — whatever “it” is — for something good.
And the outcome might not look like what we thought it would.
But He will do what He has said.

This I believe.
Even when I can’t see it.



It’s been a long time.

I’ve written.

I’ve revised.

I’ve submitted.

And I have prayed… a lot.

Then I went back and did it all over again… and again… and again.

And now?

I can rejoice!

I have been about to explode with this news…

Two days ago, I signed a contract with Jodell Sadler! She is a phenomenal literary agent and I am so happy!! I shared it with some peeps via personal email and such, but now I can publicly announce it. I’m so excited and thankful for this next step in my writing journey. And very grateful to be connected with an agent who gets my work and wants to help me get it where it needs to be.

Also — I have a fabulous group of agency peeps! I am looking forward to buying their books!

Did I mention that I’m excited??!!??!! (Did the exclamation points give it away?)


It’s almost here. Tomorrow, in fact! I’ll be heading to Greenville, SC, to participate in a fabulous writing confererence, Write2Ignite! And this year, we’ll have a precious guest artist as part of our worship team, Lisa Albinus. She has graciously offered to donate her finished painting to write2ignite to be auctioned off, and for the monies to go back into funding future Write2ignite conferences!

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